Sunday, May 24, 2020

After Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal Says No to Domestic Flights From Tomorrow | Will Tickets be Cancelled?

Ahead of the much-awaited resumption of the domestic flights from May 25 — after a gap of two months — several confusions cropped up as the state governments — one after another — have raised objection to open the states to a sudden influx of passengers from outside. Also Read - On Resumption of Flights, GoAir Seeks Clarity From States; To Begin Bookings Post May 25

According to reports, Tamil Nadu was the first state to have urged the Centre to not open the airports until May 31. Maharashtra on Saturday too said that the lockdown should go on till May end. Also Read - 'Hit The Streets': Yashwant Sinha Calls on Opposition to Protest Over Migrants' Plight
After Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, West Bengal, which is reeling under the devastating impacts of Cyclone Amphan, has said it wants domestic flight services at Kolkata and Bagdogra airports to be postponed by a few more days. Also Read - More Flights Soon, International Travel Before September, Hardeep Singh Puri Answers on Facebook Live

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said West Bengal will urge the Centre to postpone resuming domestic flight services at Kolkata and Bagdogra airports by a few days as the state will be busy with managing the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan.
The CM said she has asked the chief secretary to request the Civil Aviation Ministry to defer the services at Kolkata airport to May 30 and at Bagdogra airport to May 28. The state has already urged the Centre to put off the movement of special trains till May 27.

While these are just requests of the state governments, neither the home ministry nor the civil aviation ministry has commented on this issue. So, the schedules will be on. Without any intervention from the Centre, the airlines won’t cancel the tickets.
Should airlines have consulted the states?
On Saturday, in an unprecedented move, GoAir said it will start booking after May 25 only after consulting the states. While this is an individual call of the particular airline, the airlines were not supposed to check with all the state governments once the ministry of home affairs, the ministry of civil aviation gave a go-ahead to the airlines and DGCA approved the schedule.

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